Kenneth Copeland - You Can Live In the Greatness of His Power
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The first chapter of the book of Ephesians. "Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus and to the faithful in Christ Jesus, grace be to you and peace from God, our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has already blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ". It's already been done. Now when you get down to the bottom line of the name covenant, you come back to one word: blessing. The first words to ever strike a human ear when God created the man. He spoke words of dominion, but he didn't hear those words. That's when he came alive. And he blessed him. It's the first thing any human ear ever heard. Both of these covenants and the power of the name was to get that blessing back, where we could walk and be blessed. Blessed in the spirit, blessed in the soul, the mind, the will, the emotions, blessed in the flesh, blessed financially, blessed power over all of the works of the enemy. Hallelujah. And the power in that name, it all has to do with the blessing. The blessing, not a blessing.
Some years ago, as I said earlier this morning, in order to renew my mind on certain things, and I began to see that it's the blessing all the way from Genesis to Revelation. And so I went through and marked all the word blessing all over the whole Bible. And then I was praying about that and thinking about it, how do I renew my mind to bless? It's not just blessing. "Bless you". "Gesundheit," whatever that means. "Bless you". "Thank you". Boiled down to a sneeze. And that's about how much knowledge most of us Christians had about the blessing. And I said, "Lord, how can I do this? How can I renew my mind to this"? And very quickly he responded to me. He said, "Every time you use the word bless in any form, write it in all capital letters". And I began to do that. And it really got my attention. The blessing is not just a blessing. The blessing, empowerment to prosper. The blessing. Read it for yourself.
What was the last thing that Jesus did? And he blessed them. What are you guys looking up there for? This same Jesus... This same... What did I read? The blessed hope of the church. Don't grieve. We have hope. Yes, we do. And we place faith in that hope. Don't tell me... The case there that the apostle was dealing with, that somebody had come up and said, "Well, the catching away has already happened and maybe we missed it". Well, he had to deal with that. And that kind of monkey business is still going around. Amen. That's the reason we have a book. Yes. Amen. Hallelujah. So the name, the blessing, the power, the Word. I just said the same thing in three or four different terms. We're still hearing the... I got excited and dropped that. Let's go back over there to the book Ephesians, first chapter, "According as he has chosen us in him". Every time you see an "in him, in whom," it's talking about you. We're in him, praise. In Christ, that's us.
"Has chosen us in him before the foundation of the world that we should be holy and without blame before him in love, having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise and the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved, in whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace, wherein he hath abounded towards us in all wisdom and prudence, having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure". Now remember we're talking about that high tower, that high and lofty place inside the name. Come on down to 17th verse, "That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the father of his glory, may give of unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him". Okay, I receive that. "The eyes of your understanding being enlightened, that you may know what is the hope of his calling and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, what is the exceeding greatness of his power towards us who believe".
How many of you believe? "Toward us who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, which he wrought in Christ when he raised him from the dead and set him at his own right hand in the heavenlies far above". "Far above in a lofty place, far above all principality, far above all power, far above all might and dominion, and far above every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in the world to come". Glory be to God. Thank you, Jesus. "Far above". And we are seated with him in heavenly places. In Christ Jesus. In his name. Glory to God. Forevermore. Far above. Far above. Well, wait a minute now. We're not quite done yet. "And has put all things under his feet and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all". We are in a high place, and the devil and all of his works are under our feet. Because are seated in that place, high and aloft in his name. In the name. It's a high tower, a lofty place.
It would be good to close in the 91st psalm, the soldier's psalm. Oh, I've marked this one up so much, it's hard to read. "He that dwelleth, he that lives in the secret place of the most high". "The most high God". Oh, glory. "Shall abide under the shadow of the almighty". And the only way to get there is to say it. You have to say something. I can just hear Gloria now. "You have to say something". Say it. I mean, let the redeemed of the Lord say so, so say so. "I will say of the Lord, 'He is my refuge. He is my fortress. He is my God. And in him, I will trust.'" I'm in that high place. And I live with him there. That high place above the storms. Thank you, Lord. The eagle is a marvelous bird.
The 103rd psalm, well, let's let's turn there quickly. The 103rd psalm is so powerful, powerful, powerful thing. "Bless the Lord, oh my soul, and all that is within me bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, oh my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgiveth... all thine iniquities, who healeth all thy diseases, who redeemeth thy life from destruction, who crowneth thee with loving kindness and tender mercies, who satisfies my mouth with good", "Things" is in italics. "Who satisfies my mouth with good words", "so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's".
The eagle is a marvelous, marvelous bird. There are things about the eagle, I've studied that bird. He has advantages that other birds do not have. His eyesight is magnificent, particularly the bald eagle. And his lungs are such that he can go to great altitudes, and he never runs away from a storm. Oh, I love it. I'll tell you. He never runs away from a storm. I do. When I fly, I am all business. And of course, we have radar and all of these wonderful things, but the books say, "Stay at least 25 miles away".
Well, absolutely, at least 25 miles away from that cell. But the eagle didn't read that book. He sees that storm coming. He has the ability to lock the wing roots at a climb angle. So he begins to climb, and Phil, you'll enjoy this, long as you've been flying airplanes. He climbs. But he begins to head towards that storm, and he locks those big old wings in a climb angle. And he faces the storm. And the updrafts from that storm hit him, that go in front of the storm. What you and I see with our eyes, there's all kinds of things going on out in front of that, that you can't see, the updrafts and the downdraft. And he just locks on and those updrafts... And he gets out of the storm. And he unlocks, and he just soars above that storm. And he just flies and looks at that storm. The storm goes by... and he just goes home. And before too long, we're going to be out of here. Hallelujah. But until then, we are eagles. We're God's eagles.
In the 40th chapter of the book of Isaiah, 39 and 40, "They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength and rise up as eagles". "And they run and are not weary, and they walk and they don't faint". The name, the name. Stand with me, please. The greatness of his name, the power of his name. And we just touched little pieces of it tonight, but we're going to talk about this and walk in this. And in this way, then we begin to understand the fourth chapter of Romans. We begin to understand, according that it is written. Abraham called things that be not as though they were. According as it is written, he did it. How? Because his name had been associated with the name of the Most High God. And it's his faith that opened the door for us. His faith opened the door for us. Jesus, having been made a curse for us, for it is written, "Cursed is everyone that hangs upon a tree," so that the blessing of Abraham might come on all the rest of us, that we might receive what the spirit promised if we receive it by faith. And that's why I preach on faith on all that time. Hallelujah.